Powers: Muhammad Drawing Event Outside AZ Mosque Is 'Misguided, Hateful'
The "Outnumbered" panel discussed an anti-Islam rally that is set to take place in Arizona.
The Friday gathering is slated to happen outside the Islamic Community Center in north Phoenix, with protesters drawing the Prophet Muhammad.
It comes after a Muhammad drawing contest in Texas earlier this month, in which radical Islamists opened fire outside the building. They wounded a police officer before local authorities shot them dead.
The gunmen, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, had worshipped at the Phoenix mosque where the new rally is slated to take place.
Kirsten Powers said she does not see this event as a "righteous" exercise of free speech, though she acknowledged the crowd has the right to say what they want.
She noted that the organizer of this event, a former Marine, has been seen wearing a shirt that says "F*** Islam."
"To go outside of an Islamic center and treat them like they are the same as these two crazy people? It's just not righteous. Does he have a right to do it? He has a right to do it. I just think he's very misguided. I think it's pretty hateful to portray all Muslims as being like these two people," she said.
Melissa Francis said she agrees with the mosque president, who said he supports this person's "right to be an idiot."
Andrea Tantaros said she sees this as protected free speech, but in poor taste.
"I don't think making fun of someone's religion is particularly an act of grace," she said.
Charles Payne said in his mind, this event is different than Pamela Geller's event in Garland, Texas, because the crowd is going to Muslims' place of worship and trying to "bait" people.
Watch the discussion above.
On "The Real Story," Jonathan Hunt reported further details on the event, including how authorities are gearing up for potential confrontations.
He said local police are on high alert and have been in contact with the Department of Homeland Security.
About 1,000 people are expected to show up tonight at 6pm local time, when Muslims would usually be attending Friday prayers.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has advised those who worship at the mosque to steer clear of the area.
"If people are spewing this level of rhetoric and hatred, this is not a forum for dialogue and engagement," said Imraan Siddiqi of CAIR.
The former Marine who organized the drawing contest, Jon Ritzheimer, said his intention is to "expose the true colors of Islam."
"Unfortunately we have to hold a cartoon contest, as silly as it sounds, to be able to show the true colors of Islam," he said.
On Facebook, he told supporters to exercise their Second Amendment right in case the group's First Amendment right "comes under the much anticipated attack."
Watch the report below.